Who Reports? Using Survey Experiments to Explore Cooperation with the State in Russia and Georgia
41 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Last revised: 17 Jul 2015
Date Written: July 16, 2015
What factors affect citizens' willingness to cooperate with the state? We explore this question through a study of citizens' willingness to report crimes to the police, a quintessential form of cooperation with the state apparatus, using data from survey experiments conducted in Russia in December 2012 and Georgia in June 2013. We find that citizens' willingness to report crimes to the police is strongly influenced by the nature of the crime in both countries but not generally by instruments that the state might use to encourage greater reporting. These results suggest skepticism about the ability of governments to easily engineer cooperation with the state. We do, however, find strong effects of one instrument under state control: the guarantee of anonymity to bystanders who report crimes.
Keywords: state, police, cooperation, survey experiments, Russia, Georgia
JEL Classification: K42, P26, P48
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